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Training Mythunderstandings: Little Things Do Mean a Lot

by Ron Meredith
President, Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre
Every movement you make, everything you do in his presence, has meaning to the horse. The horse is a master at reading your body language and knowing just where you’re at and what you’re about when you first enter his space. So any time you are with a

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What is a Saddle Blanket?

The term saddle blanket is also known as saddle cloth or saddle pad. A saddle blanket refers to blankets, pads or fabrics which are worn under a saddle. The purpose of this blanket is to absorb sweat, cushion the saddle and protect the back of the horse. For many centuries, saddle blankets have been used with all types of saddles.

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Tips on Care and Cleaning of Your Saddle Blankets and Pads

The saddle blanket or saddle pad is the first thing you lay on your horse before putting on the saddle. It is very important that they should be clean. If the saddle blanket and pad are dirty, they can cause sore spots on the horse’s back. Saddle blankets and pads are a necessity while riding a horse so you should know about taking care of them properly.

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What Are Those Bumps on Your Horse’s Rump?

“Rain rot or rain scald (also known as dermatophilosis) is caused by bacterial infection, and it often is mistaken for a fungal disease,” Swinker says. “The bacteria live in the outer layer of skin and cause pinpoint to large, crusty scabs.”

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Running Rampant in the Summer Time

Summer is a fantastic time in the horse world. Longer days allow for extra time in the barn and warmer weather often makes riding more enjoyable. While summer can be a great time to catch up on those lost hours of riding, it’s important not to overlook health precautions for you and your horse. One health concern that should not be ignored is Hydrophobia, more commonly known as Rabies.

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A Penny Saved….Tips for Saving Money on Fuel

With fuel at the highest cost in history, every penny saved is worth its weight in gas! Here are some fuel saving tips that are easy to accomplish and will max out your value for the dollar, no matter what type of vehicle you drive or how much weight you’re hauling:

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Important Facts About Horse Transportation

People move about the country for a variety of reasons, some by choice, others by necessity. But one thing that many try to do is to take their horse with them. Certainly it is important to try to save money whenever possible, and the prices of horse transportation vary widely. All hauling is the same, right? WRONG! Here are a few things to check out before putting your precious cargo on the trailer.

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Guarding Against Hay Fires

Hay fires cost farmers thousands of dollars through lost revenues and replacement of buildings and feed. These losses can be practically eliminated through proper harvesting and storage practices.

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Soil and Forage Fertility

Now that the summer rains have begun, it is time to apply fertilizer to your pastures. Hopefully you have already taken the time to collect soil samples from your pastures and have sent them to be tested by a reputable lab. The first step to ensure that your pasture will be able to adequately utilize the nutrients you apply is to test your soil.

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Preventing Animal Loss From Plant Poisoning

Being aware of the varieties of plants that your animals have access to is the first and most important step in preventing losses. Early diagnosis is another important phase in controlling losses of those already affected by poisonous plants.

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